Throughout the history between Portugal and Spain, the frontier got to create a unique cultural genre related to smuggling. This frontier between both countries is known as “the line”.
Thanks to this fascinating experience, you’ll get to know the stories of a town that survived thanks to smuggling, and get to discover what the old smugglers used to feel when they used to perform illegal trades with the Spanish military police with the Fiscal Guard keeping an eagle eye. Smuggling based of coffee, tobacco, and oil, among many other products, searching for new smuggling routes that could change anytime.
Also, you will know firsthand the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the city, since it has been populated since antiquity. The traditional farmhouses of the region stand out. Also its rich cuisine, with traditional dishes from this region.Itinerary:
The day begins with the departure to Vilarelho da Raia. At 09:00
we will meet with the smugglers who will take us to the local secrets and donkeys that will enliven the journey. We will be in charge of treating them and equipping them to continue loading the goods to be transported, as they used to do in the past.
After, we will continue our journey along winding roads until returning to the village with the interpretation of the landscape, accompanied by our expert guides. At 1:00 pm
there will be a special lunch with a snack of contraband
. The activity concludes with a visit to the ethnographic museum of Vilarelho da Raia
Come and enjoy this incredible experience surrounded by the beautiful natural environment where two great countries get together, full of stories and legends related to smuggling!